He was born 1845 at Ironville and baptised 28 September 1845 at Ripley, a son of Edward Johnson, and Rebecca formerly Pickering. A likely birth registration is in the December quarter of 1845, Belper district.
In 1851 at Victoria Street, Ironville, he was at home with his father, aged 5 and born at Ironville.
In 1861, at 15 Victoria Street, Ironville, he was with his father, aged 15, a labourer ironworks and born at Ironville.
In the census of 1871, at 'The Junction', Wombwell, William Johnson was aged 25 and born at Ironville. His wife, Emma, was aged 20 and born at Mortomley, Yorks.
William Johnson married Emma Smith on 26 December 1870 at St George, Barnsley, after banns. William was a bachelor and miner, aged 25, of Wombwell, a son of Edward Johnson, labourer. Emma Smith was aged 20, a domestic servant, of Summer Lane, Barnsley, a daughter of Thomas Smith, miner. The witnesses were John Nuttall and Sarah Mills.
In the 1881 census at 172 Hemingfield, Wombwell, Yorks., William Johnson was aged 35 and born at Codnor Park, a coal miner. He was married to Emma, aged 30 who was born at Mortomley, Yorks. (near Sheffield). There were two children, Agnes Ann aged 4 (December quarter 1876 in the Barnsley district), and Mary F. (Mary Florence, March quarter 1879, Barnsley district) aged 2, both born at Hemingfield, Yorks.
In the census index of 1901 there was no William Johnson that fitted. A likely Emma Johnson was found, living in the Sheffield Union Workhouse, Fir Vale, Pitsmoor, Sheffield, a widow aged 50, a charer and born at Sheffield.
William and Emma's children were:
Posted October 2016